Augusta County man pleads guilty to shooting at neighbor

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (Sept. 13, 2019)

An Augusta County man pleaded guilty on Friday after deputies say he opened fire on his neighbor in January.

Tim Martin, Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney, says 59-year-old Windom Henderson Jr. pleaded guilty to attempted malicious wounding and obstruction of justice. Martin says the other two charges of reckless handling of a firearm and use of a firearm in commission of a felony were not prosecuted.

Deputies say the victim was outside his home when he saw Henderson pacing outside last January. There wasn't a confrontation, but Henderson allegedly went inside his house, came back out with a firearm. Deputies say Henderson fired one shot into the ground and then progressively got closer and closer to the victim before firing a shot at him. No one was injured in the incident.

Henderson's sentencing is set for Jan. 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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An Augusta County man is charged with attempted malicious wounding after deputies say he opened fire on a neighbor earlier this week.

According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the 500 block of Mount Torrey Road in Lyndhurst around 2:30 p.m. on Monday for a report of someone shooting at another person.

Deputies got to the scene and spoke with the alleged victim, who pointed them in the direction of a nearby home.

When deputies arrived there, they found a man, identified as 59-year-old Windom Henderson, Jr., outside with a rake. They approached and ordered Henderson to drop the rake, at which point deputies say he became agitated, started yelling at them, dropped the rake, but refused any subsequent orders to submit.

After a brief struggle, deputies took Henderson into custody.

Investigators determined that a short while earlier, he had allegedly shot at the victim. Although the initial report didn't suggest any event setting off the incident, deputies learned there was a history between the two individuals.

According to their investigation, the victim was outside his home when he saw Henderson pacing outside. No confrontation occurred, but Henderson allegedly then went back inside and came back out with a firearm. He fired one shot into the ground and then progressively got closer and closer to the victim before firing a shot at him.

The victim was uninjured and deputies recovered shell casings from the shots fired and the weapon used.

Henderson was charged with attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, obstruction of justice, and reckless handling of a firearm.

He is being held at Middle River Regional Jail.